Monday 9-28-2009 UPDATE: Click here to read story behind picture to left. SOLANA SEZ:
"Instead of sticking to past glories, Mr Solana rightly suggested that the EU - and the US - should be ready to share the leadership of the world with others. Holding regular meetings of the Group of 20 (G-20), which includes both old and new global players, is clearly a good first step in the right direction. But other global governance fora, including the United Nations Security Council, also need to be reformed.
The EU needs not only to talk to Russia, China and India, but also to listen to these and other rising powers. EU policymakers may have to stop giving lessons to other nations and accept lessons based on others' experiences.
If the Lisbon treaty is ratified, the EU's global reputation will be largely influenced by the personality, interests - and wisdom - of the future and first-ever EU foreign minister. But let's not get too hung up on personalities. Without strong and credible policies, even the most charismatic EU foreign minister will not be able to impress.